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Joleen Ruffin moves on from Tracy Island

It’s with some sadness I received an email announcement this week from Joleen Ruffin, the voice and motivation behind TracyIslandOnline.com, saying she’d be turning over the site to someone new. Ruffin, top center, started the social networking site, utilizing the Ning.com platform, in May 2009. I did a story on her in July 2010. As […]

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Scholarship established in memory of Tracy teen

I’ve interviewed Mike Pihlman, owner and founder of Altamont Cowork (formally Tracy Virtual Office), as a source in a couple stories in the past year or so. I knew him first on Twitter and then I met him – and several others from south county – during a TweetUp held at his 11th Street office […]

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The favorite part about my job is being able to experience breaking news first hand. On Saturday, I wasn’t able to do so, but Record photographer Michael McCollum was. He watched a powered parachute take off without a pilot during a rally for the vessels at Tracy Municipal Airport. It looked a little something like […]

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More on Tracy Island Online

Today’s A3 center package on Tracy Island Online barely scratches the surface of what the site has to offer. It mentions groups and calendars, but it’s also a place where you can really gauge the pulse of the community. Consider the fact that right now there are more than 179 discussion threads, some about entertainment […]

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Video statements from Huckaby sentencing

Melissa Huckaby was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole. We have video of her statement here. We’re processing through videos of statements from members of the Cantu and Huckaby families as well. We’ll update this blog post as we finish them. Video by Kirk Barron, shot for pool use. […]

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Pre-election citizen journalism from Tracy

Tracy residents Joleen Ruffin and Mike Pihlman – both of whom I’ve interviewed in the past about the former Tracy Virtual Office, now Altamont Cowork – did some citizen reporting for TracyIslandOnline.com yesterday. Tracy Island is a social networking site and general news site that Ruffin runs partially from home, partially from Altamont Cowork. With […]

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Tracy Virtual Office becomes Altamont Cowork

In January, I wrote a Money article about Tracy Virtual Office, a coworking community located on 11th Street in the south-county city. Owner Mike Pihlman, or @AltamontCowork, recently moved the digs into a new space, just a door down, in the share-office building that also houses a restaurant and some other businesses. He’s also changed […]

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A community of giving in Tracy

On Sunday, The Record published our annual Outlook section. In the section, we focused on a theme of “Business not as usual.” In doing so, staff writers, editors and freelancers contributed articles on a variety of topics and people. I was assigned a story about “business benevolence” in Tracy. Basically that means businesses and business […]

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Tracy mayor, police chief issue letter on crime

As a Tracy resident I’ve witnessed first hand a lot of horror and problems this year. In March, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu went missing from her mobile home park less than two miles from my home. Her body was found in early April, making her death Tracy’s first homicide of the year. As a member of […]

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Tracy tweeters unite

I attended the Tracy Tweet-up at Tracy Virtual Office last night and got to meet a lot of the people I’ve seen/follow on Twitter, including Mike Pihlman, the owner of the office. Pihlman sent a link out this morning to all those who attended with photos of the Tweet-up. He also used Justin.tv to broadcast […]

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